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Hosted by Terry Gross, Fresh Air from WHYY is the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues. One of public radio's most popular programs, Fresh Air features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.
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Two New Records Showcase The Range Of Jazz Drummer Andrew Cyrille

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 12:39pm

Proximity highlights the potential of the drums, while The Declaration of Musical Independence emphasizes soundscapes. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Cyrille's albums are a study in contrasts.

Fresh Air Weekend: The Handsome Family; 'Westworld', Peter Berg's 'Deepwater Horizon'

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 8:00am

Married couple Rennie and Brett Sparks talk about making music as The Handsome Family. Critic John Powers reviews the HBO series, Westworld. Berg discusses his film about the BP oil spill.

'American Honey' Trains Its Lens On Traveling Magazine Crews

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 12:44pm

Andrea Arnold's new movie about a teenage girl who takes up with an unusual group of salespeople won a the Jury Prize at Cannes this year. Critic David Edelstein calls it a "wonderful" film.

Lutheran Minister Preaches A Gospel Of Love To Junkies, Drag Queens And Outsiders

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 12:44pm

Nadia Bolz-Weber was a standup comic who opened up a church with a mission to "remind people that they're absolutely loved." Her memoir is Accidental Saints. Originally published Sept. 17, 2015.

Filmmaker Andrea Arnold On 'American Honey' And Preserving Mystery In Film

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:57pm

Arnold's latest film, which won the Jury Prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, tells the story of a group of abandoned teenagers who travel together selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door.

In 'You're The Worst,' Even The Most Flawed Characters Find Love

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:57pm

Producer Stephen Falk and actress Aya Cash discuss their FXX series about two self-centered people who fall in love. The characters are "stand-ins for the dark parts of all of us," Falk says.

Old West Gunslinging Meets Futuristic Androids In HBO's 'Westworld'

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 11:12am

HBO's latest series is a high-tech theme park, whose visitors get to live out their wildest dreams of being in the Old West. Critic John Powers calls Westworld an "unexpectedly resonant show."

Journalist Says Trump Foundation May Have Engaged In 'Self-Dealing'

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 12:56pm

Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold says the Trump Foundation doesn't operate like a typical charity: "[Trump] doesn't seem to have understood that a charity isn't set up to benefit you."

'Eyes On The Street' Details Jane Jacobs' Efforts To Put Cities First

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 12:56pm

Robert Kanigel's new biography recounts the life of Jacobs, a Greenwich Village public intellectual who championed street life and community. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a powerful work.

The 1961 Fishing Trip That Launched The Beach Boys

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 12:18pm

Rock historian Ed Ward takes us back to California's Redondo Pier, where Dennis Wilson and his cousin Mike Love first decided to write a song about surfing. The Beach Boys were formed soon afterwards.

'Kingdom' Examines Afghanistan Through The Prism Of The Karzai Family

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 12:18pm

Journalist Joshua Partlow was in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2012, a time of corruption, government dysfunction and civilian hostility to U.S. military operations. His new book is A Kingdom of their Own.

'Deepwater Horizon' Director On The BP Oil Spill And The 'Addictive Dance' For Fuel

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 12:11pm

Peter Berg discusses his new film, which recreates the final hours of the oil rig that exploded and sank, causing the BP oil spill. Eleven rig workers died trying to prevent the disaster.

Angel Olsen Sings With Fierceness And Fatalism On 'My Woman'

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 12:11pm

Though Olsen sets pain and frustration to music in her latest album, critic Ken Tucker says it's clear that the singer is "very much in control of her emotions and her life."

Fresh Air Weekend: Director Antoine Fuqua; 'Designated Survivor'; Ryan Speedo Green

Sat, 09/24/2016 - 8:00am

Fuqua discusses his remake of The Magnificent Seven. Critic John Powers reviews the ABC series, Designated Survivor. Opera singer Green recounts his journey to becoming an opera singer.

It's Hard to Tell Who's Shooting Whom In 'The Magnificent Seven'

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 2:47pm

Critic David Edelstein says that despite its irresistible plot, Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 classic Western is ultimately "just another formula revenge picture."

Mary Karr On Writing Memoirs: 'No Doubt I've Gotten A Million Things Wrong'

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 2:47pm

Karr discusses the faults of memory, the challenges of writing about loved ones and the pain of deleting pages because "there was something untrue about them." Originally broadcast Sept. 15, 2015.

Fresh Air Remembers 'LA Confidential' Director Curtis Hanson

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 1:43pm

Hanson also directed The River Wild, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, 8 Mile and the TV movie Too Big to Fail. He died Tuesday in Los Angeles at the age of 71. Originally broadcast in 1997.

'Narcos' Producer On The Drug War, Colombia And Escobar's Son's Grievances

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 1:43pm

Before making Narcos, Eric Newman spent years researching Pablo Escobar's story. He says, "For us ... it was very important to show the most balanced look at the [drug] war we possibly could."

'Magnificent Seven' Director On Staying True To The Original Film's Message

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 2:25pm

Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 Western centers on a band of men who have volunteered to save a village from a greedy mine owner. Fuqua says it's a "simple story of [being] in service of others."

Kiefer Sutherland Takes Over The Oval Office As The 'Designated Survivor'

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:21pm

Sutherland plays a Cabinet member who becomes president after an explosion takes out the U.S. Capitol — and everyone above him in the pecking order. Critic John Powers has a review.




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